University of Alberta

Research Librarian and Information Specialist

Department of Pediatrics

Competition No.  -    A100837534
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Department of Pediatrics within the University of Alberta is one of Canada’s leading academic pediatric institutions in medical education and pediatric research. We also work in conjunction with the Stollery Children’s Hospital to provide leading edge clinical care. We are dedicated to the advancement of child health through the delivery of exemplary education, research, and patient care. Further information on the Department of Pediatrics can be found at

The Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence (ARCHE) operates with the mandate to support and foster the development of evidence­informed practice through high quality knowledge syntheses aimed at high priority issues in health, advancing the methods of conducting RCTs, evidence syntheses, providing training and mentoring to health professionals, trainees and students and conducting knowledge translation activities to help inform clinical and policy decisions.

ARCHE is looking for an individual interested in healthcare research. The position is responsible for the management of information in systematic reviews and similar research projects in a collaborative setting through working with a large research team including research assistants, project coordinators, clinical leads, and other stakeholders. The successful candidate will have strong organizational skills, a keen eye for detail, and the ability to manage multiple priorities in order to complete work in a timely and accurate manner.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Oversees the management of information including the systematic retrieval, organization and dissemination of information to both internal and external audiences
  • Supports the Principal Investigator(s) in various aspects of the research program (including some project coordination, assistance with research grant applications, preparation of abstracts, presentations and manuscripts)
  • Manage the development, implementation and evaluation of best practices associated with information creation, transfer and dissemination
  • Manage the maintenance of bibliographic databases
  • Conducts literature searches and reference management for research projects
  • Develops and implements an active research dissemination plan including the development of products such as website bibliographies and resource guides
  • Develops and maintains the research program's data collection and information systems
  • Teaches evidence-based information retrieval at the graduate level and evidence based practice workshops
  • Remains apprised of methodological advances in the area of information retrieval, particularly with respect to knowledge synthesis (e.g., systematic reviews, rapid reviews, scoping reviews).
  • Conducts relevant research and presents at internal and external meetings (e.g., ARCHE staff meetings, ARCHE Journal Clubs, relevant conferences and meetings with external stakeholders)
  • Assists with organization of evidence based practice workshop/events/meetings
  • Liaises with coordinator of Cochrane Child Health Field and provides assistance when necessary
  • Other related duties as required


  • Masters Level degree in Library and Information Sciences
  • 3 – 5  years of health information experience
  • 3 – 5 years experience with developing and executing rigorous searches as part of a systematic review team
  • Familiarity with emerging research trends, including literature monitoring activities
  • Experience with searching for grey literature
  • Proficiency in reference management software: EndNote, Distiller, Review Manager and Reference Manager
  • Demonstrated proficiency with information resources in electronic and non-traditional formats (e.g., grey literature)
  • Computer proficiency in a Windows environment using MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint), Internet and Publisher, Dreamweaver and Fireworks
  • An understanding of evidence based practice (EBP) and critical appraisal is an asset
  • Attendance at EBP workshop(s) an asset
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and analytical skills

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this full-time grant funded position has a one year appointment with the possibility of renewal, and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits, and an annual salary range of $74,084 to $101,888 per annum, commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Applications will be considered as of November 15, 2018, however the competition will remain open until the position is filled. Compose a letter explaining how you are going to contribute to the Alberta Research Centre of Health Evidence’s mandate to support and foster the development of evidence­informed practice through high quality knowledge syntheses and why you are the right fit for this position. Submit this letter and your curriculum vitae. Applications received without a cover letter addressing these elements in detail will not be considered.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.